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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/14/24)

The Don wants The Cup!



Will Charlie Dempsey regret not paying up?

No Quarter Catch Crew didn’t wanna cough up the dough, so now Tony D’s coming for it all! Will he take the Heritage Cup home to The D’Angelo Family? Or will Charlie tell Tony to FOGEDABOUTIT?


  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Sol Ruca VS Izzi Dame; Sol wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe w/ Brinley Reece VS OTM w/ Jaida Parker; OTM wins.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Ivy Nile VS Lash Legend; Lash wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • Noam Dar Oro Mensah w/ The Meta Four VS Je’Von Evans; Evans wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS Ridge Holland & Riley Osborne w/ Chase U; The Good Brothers win.
  • Lola Vice w/ Shayna Baszler VS Carlee Bright; Lola wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family VS Charlie Dempsey; Tony wins and becomes the new NXT Heritage Cup Champion.


Someone was attacked backstage!

Noam Dar is down!? Oro, Jakara and Lash all rush in, and Oro claims this was Trick Williams’ retaliation! Lash says Trick wouldn’t do this! Then who would? Dar glares at Lash, and he doesn’t look all that hurt. But then he really pours it on when he gets checked out. Is the Scottish Supernova trying to fish out Lash’s loyalties with this ruse?


Kiana James talks with Izzi Dame backstage.

So drinks next week? Kiana read Izzi’s mind. But in all seriousness, is Izzi ready? So ready. Kiana says there’s a reason she befriended Izzi and no one else. Just look at her! She is a superstar! Well, she learned from the best. Kiana vows to run Raw, and she wants Izzi to run NXT. Damn right she will. Kiana tells Izzi to go out there and win, and Izzi thanks Kiana for everything. Will nothing stop the Dame from dominating?

Sol Ruca speaks.

“I ranked number ONE in the Combine, and I’m gonna ride that wave straight to Vegas, up that ladder, and become your first-ever NXT Women’s North American Champion, baby! Let’s go!” Sol handstand walks her way to gorilla, then down the ramp! But will she be hands down the favorite going into Battleground?

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Sol Ruca VS Izzi Dame!

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two circle, Sol and Izzi tie up, and Izzi headlocks. Sol powers up and powers out, but Izzi runs her over! Izzi pushes Sol around, runs, but Sol drops, then runs Izzi over! The fans fire up and things speed up. Sol waistlocks, Izzi fights free and wrenches to a wristlock. Izzi steps over, dribbles Sol, but Sol fights up. Sol rolls but Izzi throws her down by her hair! Izzi has the armlock, but Sol endures and fights up. The fans rally, Sol kips up and then cartwheels to slip under and back drop Izzi away! Izzi goes to a corner, Sol runs in but Izzi dodges. Izzi blocks a boot but Sol ENZIGIRIS!

Sol mule kicks, goes up, and FLIPPING AX KICKS! Izzi bails out, Sol goes to the apron, and she handsprings over the leg sweep! And the other sweep! PENALTY KICK! And then Izzi goes up the corner to QUEBRADA! Direct hit and down goes Izzi! The fans fire up, Sol puts Izzi in and covers, TWO! Sol brings Izzi up but Izzi blocks the whip. Izzi reverses but Sol goes up. Izzi stops Sol from going over, and THROWS her out! Sol hits steel steps on the way down! Izzi storms out after Sol, whips her into the apron, then ONTO the desk! The fans fire up, Izzi talks trash, then Izzi shoves Sol back into the ring.

Izzi storms into the ring, scoops and BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Izzi clamps onto Sol with a chinlock and she pulls Sol back! The fans rally as Sol endures and pries at the hold. Sol fights up, arm-drags free, and then gets around to fireman’s carry! Izzi slips free, shoves, and FLAPJACKS Sol! Izzi runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Izzi is frustrated but she clamps right back onto Sol with the chinlock. Sol endures, the fans rally, and Sol stands up. Izzi whips her to a corner, Sol bounces off buckles, but slips out of the scoop! Sol ELBOWS Izzi, then ducks the boot! Sol runs Izzi over again, and again! Sol springboards to FLYIGN SHOULDER!

The fans fire up as Sol wrenches Izzi, fireman’s carries, and DROPS her! Then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sol goes to the apron and springboards, but has to roll through as Izzi moves! Izzi comes back, Sol ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Izzi back drops her! Sol flips through to land on her feet! Not the cleanest landing but Izzi runs up, to BOOT Sol down! Cover, TWO! Sol survives and Izzi is furious! Sol goes to a corner, Izzi runs up and RAMS into her! Izzi RAMS into Sol again and again, then whips corner to corner. Sol goes up, but Izzi stops her from going over again! Izzi pops Sol up, but the SOL SNATCHER gets her!! Cover, Sol wins!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Izzi thought she had it, but she gets snatched outta nowhere! Sol is riding the wave just like she promised, but will she be the first to get the title?


Ava Raine talks with someone.

The tag match doesn’t count now because Tony D’Angelo got involved. You can’t just take a referee like that! Where are Damon & Myles anyway? Tony says no one took a referee. They had a case of bronchitis. Very contagious. And as far as Myles & Damon… No idea. Where are they? Stacks says they don’t know. Those two went wherever they wanted to go. But Tony says Ava is clearly stressed. This job is getting a little bit harder, but Ava is really going to take away this Heritage Cup match from him? Rizzo says Ava can’t do that, it’s already been advertised, and they can’t be liable for false advertising.

Ava says fine, she can’t cancel the match. But she can fine them, $20 THOUSAND! Oh, c’mon! But then Tony has everyone calm down, and Rizzo already has the money on hand. It’s all there, and then some. Ava might be able to spruce this place up a bit. Tony says Ava is tough but fair, and as far as tonight goes, no funny business. Ava accepts that, The D’Angelo Family heads out, but just what will happen when Charlie Dempsey gets a chance to go after The Don?


Malik Blade & Edris Enofe talk backstage.

It’s almost time for their match. Is Edris good? Huh? Oh, yeah. He’s just getting his mind right. Malik says Edris will get his mind right as long as they stick to the game plan, run circles around these guys and get the W. Edris has a rabbit’s foot, and promises he’ll be good. Brinley Reece hops in and asks if they’re good. They get their warm-ups in? Yeah, they’re ready. Brin takes Edris’ rabbit’s foot and says they don’t need it! They’re awesome! And they have her! Let’s get that W! Malik is fired up but Edris is still worried. Can Edris get out of his own head and finally get things on track?


Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice.

Sarah Schreiber is with the Queen of Spaces and Mayor of Vice City, and notes the dominant win for Shayna over Karmen Petrovic last week. Shayna says she shouldn’t have to remind people, but all she knows is dominance. Shayna held the NXT Women’s Championship more total days than anyone in history! Everyone knew it was #TapNapOrSnap. So she obviously stayed to watch Roxanne Perez VS Chelsea Green, and is interested to see who faces Roxie for Battleground. Lola says so is she. She still owes Roxie from Vengeance day. And when Lola wins that title, she’ll break every record in the book.

Shayna wants to say more, but then Karmen goes after Lola! Those two brawl away, then Natty goes after Shayna! Other superstars rush in to stop this, only to end up collateral damage! Producers storm in now, what will it take to end things between all these combustible elements?


Malik Blade & Edris Enofe w/ Brinley Reece VS OTM w/ Jaida Parker!

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, #BrinEnergy by their side. The teams sort out, Malik and Nima start. They tie up, go around, and Nima puts Blade on ropes. Malik avoids the haymaker, wags his finger, then gets a leg. Nima SMASHES Malik away, but Malik BOOTS him! Nima body shots, then ELBOWS Malik in the corner. Nima whips, Malik goes up but gets caught! Malik slips free, Edris tags in! Malik ducks ‘n’ dodges, Nima fights the drop toehold, but the BULLDOG hits! And then the JUMP ELBOW! The fans rally for Edris as he drops another elbow! And another! And then stops, shows off the abs, and JUMP ELBOWS! Cover, ONE!!

The fans rally, Edris brings Nima up but Nima RAMS Edris into the corner! Tag to Lucien Price, OTM whip to kitchen sink KNEE then STOMP! Cover, TWO! Edris toughs it out but Price stands him up. Price TOSSES Edris to a corner, but Edris dodges to fire off hands! Price puts Edris back in the corner to CLUB him! And CLUB him down! Tag to Nima, and OTM DOUBLE SUPLEX, but Malik makes the save! Malik & Edris throw hands with OTM, but OTM throw them! OTM whip, Edris & Malik dosido to then ROCK OTM! The fans fire up as Edris & Malik rain down fists! But they only get to five before OTM carry them out!

OTM want to be like AOP but Malik & Edris DOUBLE RANA! OTM crashes in the middle of the ring, and then DOUBLE DROPKICKS send them out! The fans fire up as Malik & Edris build speed, to DOUBLE FLY!! Down goes OTM and the fans fire up! Edris gets Nima in, Brin fires up and Edris whips. Nima reverses, Jaida trips Edris up! Nima WRECKER ELBOWS! So Brin goes after Jaida! They brawl, the guys get in there to break this up, but the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” OTM get Miss Parker back, Malik & Edris keep Brin back, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Nima hits an atomic FACEBUSTER on Edris! Nima stays between him and Malik, talks some smack, then stomps Edris around. The fans rally, but then Brin and Jaida get at each other again! This brawl goes to the ramp, the fans fire up, and now refs rush out here to stop this! Back in the ring, Nima is upset, but Edris fires body shots! Nima knees low, tags Price, and then he ROCKS Edris! Nima & Price go to the corner, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Edris flops down, Price covers, TWO! Price drags Edris up but Edris CHPOS! And ROCKS! And fires off hands! Price body shots hard!

Price whips, gets around Edris then clinches, for the URENAGE! Malik coaches Edris as he crawls but Price stalks Edris. Price gets down low, runs up and clotheslines in the corner! Price shoves Edris down, drags him around, and wheelbarrows into a modified crossface! Edris endures, the fans rally, even as Price lifts him! Edris throws elbows and he gets free! Price RAMS Edris into the corner! Tag to Nima, and Nima fires elbow after elbow! The ref counts, Nima lets off, and he tags Price back in. OTM whip, but Edris stops himself! Edris BOOTS Nima, dodges Price, hot tag to Malik! Malik rallies with big haymakers and CHOPS!

The fans fire up as Malik whips, but Price reverses! Price ducks, Malik ROCKS Nima! And BLOCKBUSTERS Price! OTM regroup but Malik goes up top! CROSSBODY! The fans fire up, Malik tags Edris in, but Edris points out his boot is a mess! Edris fireman’s carries, but Nima BOOTS Malik right outta the ring! Price lifts Edris but Edris slips free and DROPKICKS! Price falls out of the ring, OTM regroups, but Edris’ boot slows him down! Price gets back in to SUPERKICK! Nima tags in, OTM gets Edris up, GRAND THEFT AUTO! Cover, OTM wins!

Winners: OTM, by pinfall

Bad luck? Cursed? In their own heads? It’s hard to say, but Malik & Edris need to figure something out. As for Price & Nima, will they be the ones stepping to Nathan Frazer & Axiom for Battleground?


The Meta Four is with the medical staff.

Jakara & Oro want to know if Dar will be okay. Lash is preparing for her match as she watches this. The doc says he can’t clear Dar like this, he might be out indefinitely. Dar says he wants another opinion! Oro says he’ll step up! He can take out Je’Von Evans for Dar. Dar says he knows Je’Von attacked him in retaliation for Trick. Of course! Lash, why don’t you think it was Trick? Lash says she can’t deal with this, she has her match to focus on. Jakara reluctantly goes with Lash, will The Meta Four at least have some skin in the game for Battleground?


Nathan Frazer & Axiom talk with Ridge Holland backstage.

Look at Ridge the Fridge, joking around again, having a good time. Yes, he is having fun. But do they want the truth? Always. Then the truth is, Chase is a sound guy. All of Chase U is sound as a pound, and they’ve got things in common. Well, if Chase U want a match for the tag titles, Axiom & Frazer are open to it. But then in step The Good Brothers, and Karl Anderson jokingly says the champs keep ducking them. They see it. But Big LG, who is Ridge Holland? A loner with an anger problem. But more than that, he is a main roster talent who needs to leave NXT. nailed it! Ridge isn’t pure NXT!

Uh, unlike these two “divs,” Ridge started in NXT. So they can take their stupid little crusade somewhere else. Brother, you have no standing! Picking a fight with The OC is that anger talking. Why not use that anger, find a brother to team with, if he can, and they’ll kick Ridge outta NXT tonight! Problem is, angry boy doesn’t have friends, does he? Gallows & Anderson take their exit, but are they the ones going to be expelled back to main roster instead?


NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Ivy Nile VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

NXT returns as Lash makes her entrance, Miss Jackson by her side. The bell rings and Lash UPPERCUTS Ivy down! Cover, ONE! Lash gets Ivy up, talks trash, then runs Ivy over! Lash gets Ivy up to run her over again! Lash then hammerlocks to RAM Ivy into buckles! Ivy tumbles out to the floor, the fans are torn, but Jakara also talks some smack as Lash makes her way out. Lash gets Ivy up, clamps onto the arm, hammerlock and lift, APRON BACK SUPLEX! Ivy hobbles but Lash scoops her! Lash SLAMS Ivy on the floor! The fans rally, Jakara and Lash argue a bit, but Lash runs up on Ivy. Ivy moves and Lash hits steps!

Ivy goes to the apron, and she FLYING FOREARMS Lash down! Ivy puts Lash in, gets in Jakara’s face but Jakara backs off. Ivy climbs, the fans fire up, and Ivy CROSSBODIES! Ivy bounces off the landing, but she gets up to kick. Lash blocks, ducks another kick, but the ROUNDHOUSE hits! Ivy runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Lash away! The fans fire up, Ivy runs corner to corner to DROPKICK! And then runs in again, but Lash catches her to FLAPJACK off buckles! Lash runs in to SPLASH! Ivy flops down but Lash stands her up. Lash climbs to rain down fists! Ivy blocks one, and YANKS Lash into buckles!

Lash wobbles up top, but Ivy GAMANGIRIS! The fans duel, Ivy goes up and she fires forearms! Lash leans back, Ivy adjusts position and brings Lash back up. But Lash choke grips, and she SUPER CHOKE- BULLDOG!! Cover, TWO!! Lash survives and Jakara is relieved! Ivy drags Lash back up, but Lash shoves her away! Ivy comes back, but Lash stops the tilt-o-whirl! Lash swings Ivy around but Ivy slips free to then get the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Lash flails, they go to ropes, Jakara anchors Ivy’s foot for the ROPEBREAK! Lash is fere, but Ivy BOOTS Jakara! Lash FLAPJACKS Ivy, then BOOTS her down! Cover, Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

The fans boo because they know how Lash got that win. But even so, will Lash make herself a legend by climbing the ladder and bringing the title down?


Backstage interview with Je’Von Evans.

Sarah talks with the Young OG, and wants to ask, did he attack Noam Dar? What? Whoa, whoa, whoa. You know that ain’t his energy. And it ain’t Trick’s energy, either. Honestly, who knows who attacked Dar. But what Je’Von does know is that he’s up next, and it’s about to get real bouncy! Je’Von heads out, will he get even for Trick the right way? Or will Meta Four mess him over the same way they just did Ivy Nile?


Ava Raine returns to her office.

But before she reaches her door, Carlee Bright hurries over. Carlee knows it isn’t her place, but she wants a match with Lola Vice tonight! And yeah, she’s the new girl, but she has been grinding on Level Up, has broken up many a locker room fight, and she gave it her all in the combine! Yes, she did. Ava has the point breakdown right here, Carlee was thirteenth. If she was just a little faster or jumped a little higher, she might’ve gotten in. And she was even faster than Tatum and stronger than Brinley. Speaking of Tatum, she peeks out from behind the blinds in Ava’s office… Ava approves of the match, and Carlee thanks her. She just wants her chance to prove herself.

Ava says Carlee deserves it. Carlee VS Lola is on! And then Ava gets a phone call, taking her away from her office. What in the world is Tatum doing sneaking around this time?


Oro Mensah w/ The Meta Four VS Je’Von Evans!

Main Man Mensah wants to avenge the Scottish Supernova, assuming there was ever an attack to begin with. But will he be Noam Dar’s knight in shining arm? Or will the Young OG make him look more like Don Quixote?

Oro attacks before the bell! The fans boo as Oro CLUBS Evans around! Evans throws body shots back but Oro CLUBS him! Lash finally returns out here, and Oro asks what took her so long. Lash & Jakara both cheer Oro on but Evans fires shots back! The fans rally as Evans whips, but Oro reverses to CLUB and kick! Evans blocks, flips Oro, then dropkicks him! The fans cheer, and Evans waits on Oro. Oro swings, Evans gets under but Oro fights the back suplex with elbows! Oro SCRAPES Evans’ face on the ropes! Oro shoves Evans, runs, and springboards to QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO! Oro argues the count but the count was fair.

Oro drags Evans up, suplexes, but Evans knees free! Oro shoves Evans away, runs up, but Evans goes up and out! Then he slingshots under and goes back up, to FLYING RANA! Oro staggers up, into a DROPKICK! Evans covers, TWO! Meta Four is relieved, but Evans waits for Oro to get up. Evans runs, springboards, but Oro stops the rana to TOSS Evans out of the ring! Evans hits the floor, Oro says he’s cold-blooded, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Evans flounders, Oro goes out and he stomps Evans. Oro drags Evans up just to CLUB him down. Oro puts Evans in the ring, drags him up, and EXPLODERS! Evans writhes, Oro soaks up the heat, and then drops a knee on Evans’ face! Oro stalks Evans to a corner, CHOPS him, and Evans flops back. Oro stomps Evans, drags him up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Oro is frustrated but he clamps onto Evans with a chinlock. Oro grinds Evans down but Evans endures. Evans fights up, throws body shots, but Oro knees low! Oro CLUBS Evans, UPPERCUTS, but Evans catches him for a backslide! TWO!

Evans ducks ‘n’ dodges, goes up, but Oro kicks the ropes out from under him! Evans hits the mat hard! Oro then PENALTY KICKS Evans down! Oro drags Evans back up, hammerlocks and ripcords for a ROLLING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives and Oro is furious! Even Lash & Jakara argue the count, but Oro drags Evans up again. Oro THRWOS Evans into ropes! Oro drags Evans back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but Evans ELBOWS him back! Evans then puts Oro on the apron, swings, but Oro HOTSHOTS him down! Oro goes up, and he stands on Evans’ head! The ref counts, Oro steps off, and aims from the apron.

Oro springboards to FLYING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives again and Oro is shocked! Oro drags Evans around, NXT returns to single picture, and Oro CLUBS away on Evans! Evans throws body shots in return, stands back up, throws more hands, then CHOPS! Forearm! Oro kicks a leg, STEP PUNCH, and then runs, but Evans dodges, only for Oro to ROLING KICK! The fans boo but Oro hooks Evans with a leg to get him up, ALLEY-OOPER! Cover, TWO!! Oro is losing his mind as Evans survives again! Evans goes to the apron, Oro storms after him and drags him up. Oro CLUBS Evans, then drags him in.

Evans pushes back, blocks a kick, then he DECKS Oro! The fans fire up and Evans fires up with them! Evans climbs, Oro hurries up after him! Oro fires forearms, Evans gives them back! Oro CLUBS Evans, CLUBS him again, but Evans throws body shots! Evans CHOPS, Oro CLUBS, and Evans drops back. Evans GAMANGIRIS and Oro falls! The fans fire up, Evans springboards, FLYING LARIAT! The fans fire up as Evans finally gets bouncy! Evans grits his teeth, storms up and he fires hands on Oro! Evans CHOPS, ROCKS, but Oro kicks the leg! Oro fires forearm after forearm but Evans UPPERCUTS! Evans CHOPS, Oro CHOPS, repeat!

Evans fires hands, STEP PUNCH of his own, and goes to run, but Oro reels him in! Oro swings, Evans ducks but the ELBOW hits! Oro runs, springboards, but Evans gets clear! Evans springboards, FLYING CUTTER!! Oro flounders right out of the ring! The fans boo but that’s a savvy move! Evans doesn’t care, he just FLIES!! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are loving this! Jakara & Lash plot, Evans puts Oro in the ring and gets him up. Oro LARIATS! “This is Awesome!” and Jakara distracts the ref! This lets Lash go looking under the ring! Lash gest a chair out, but then TRICK WILLIAMS is here! Trick gets Lash to put the chair down and Oro is furious!

Oro throws down hands on Evans, gets him up and sets him up, BLINDSIDER ELBOW!! Oro snarls, drags Evans up and reels him in. Oro stares Trick down, gets Evans up, but Evans fires fists! Oro throws Evans away but Evans BOTS, HEEL KICKS, and winds up, but Oro STEP PUNCHES again!! Evans staggers to a corner, Oro runs up, and Oro blocks a boot! But Evans SUPERKICKS through! Oro falls, Evans goes up! HOLY IN THE ROAD!! Cover, Evans wins!!

Winner: Je’Von Evans, by pinfall

Trick evened the odds against Meta Four, and the Young OG gets a massive win! Trick celebrates with Evans, but what will Meta Four do in retaliation for this?


Backstage interview with Charlie Dempsey.

Kelly Kincaid asks him what his strategy will be tonight, now that The Catch Clause is null and void. And also, were are Damon & Myles? Dempsey says he’s been in contact with them, and assures us that they’re on their way tonight. But they’re both in rough shape after what the D’Angelo Family did. Dempsey could cry about it, or he could fight. Look at his face. He’s never cried a day in his life! This Cup is staying with the NQCC, Dempsey will beat Tony within an inch of his life for everything that he’s done! The Son of the Gentleman Villain is not going to be a gentle man tonight, will The Don just have to leave here emptyhanded?


Wes Lee is here!

The fans fire up as The Cardiac Kid makes his way to the ring. Wes gets the mic and says “The last time that I was in this ring with a mic, things were a bit different to say the least. Now, I was in one of the darkest times of my life. And I honestly didn’t even know if I was gonna make it back out here to y’all. But everyone knows how much I love NXT.” The fans cheer that! And they all know how much that North American Championship means to him, right? When he lost that title, it was like it set off a chain reaction that made him wonder if his career was over completely. “But this… All of this. I missed this!” The fans cheer that, too!

The fans chant back, “We Missed You!” Wes smiles and says he missed this so much that two days after his major surgery, he was up and walking again. And a few weeks after that, he was back in the gym, busting his ass! And yes, he struggled. Yes, it was hard. But he was focused on one goal: to get back here! Wes was supposed to miss nearly a YEAR, but he fought, and in only six months, he is back here, feeling this amazing energy! The fans cheer that, too! Wes honestly isn’t sure what else to say. The fans cheer him on, but then here comes Oba Femi! Oba tells Wes, “I’m actually not here to cut you down. I’m rather impressed. I’m very, very impressed with you, and I’ve always been.

“The heights that you took this title to during your historic North American Championship reign is nothing short of an accomplishment.” The fans applaud that. But Wes took it as far as he can! Now he gets to sit back to watch Oba take the title to heights Wes was never capable of! Oba will say the trials and tribulations Wes overcome are proof he has the heart of a lion and the spirit of a warrior. But Oba IS a warrior! And he is The Ruler, the Destroyer, the Bringer of War! The Mountain You Cannot Climb, the Mountain You Cannot Conquer! But clearly, Wes wants his opportunity right. After everything Wes said, damn right he does.

Then Wes must do what he does best: prove yourself worthy of the title that was once yours! Wes tells Oba that it is clear Oba checks every single box of what a champion should look like. The size, the speed, the brute strength matched by only his freakish athleticism. Wes may not check all those boxes, but- Now Ivar interrupts! And the Viking Raider tells Wes that everyone is excited to have Wes back, including him! Because Ivar knows exactly what it is like to come back from a severe injury. Ivar went through all the same things Wes did. In fact, they have the same spinal surgeon. Shoutout to Dr. Cordover.

But Wes, when Ivar came back, he had to fight for everything that he got! And he knows that Wes isn’t afraid to fight for everything he gets, too. Wes wants his shot at Oba, Ivar wants his shot at Oba, and- Oh, here comes Josh Briggs! And he says, “Well boys, it looks like we’re in a little bit of a pickle. You guys are all just so emotional! Wes with your comeback story of the year, and Ivar showing the whole world who you really are behind the paint and the Viking calls. But boys, this is a MAN’s game. So lemme throw some facts out to you.” Briggs says at Stand & Deliver, the biggest event in NXT history, Oba and Briggs tore the house down! They stole the show!

But Oba and Briggs both know how close Briggs came to taking the title, with broken ribs. But his ribs are healed, time to run that back. And once Briggs is champion, Wes and Ivar, he’ll throw you guys a bone. Oba says all of them have very compelling arguments. Wes says if Oba is The Ruler he says he is, then why not make this a Fatal 4? The fans like the sound of that! Briggs doesn’t mind that, either. Oba says this is why he is champion and Wes is not! Oba steps out, and he steps away, before telling them to fight amongst themselves. Then the winner gets their opportunity against Oba. Well, a Triple Threat is almost as good. Who defies the odds to then step to Oba?


Backstage interview with Ridge Holland.

Kelly finds Ridge alone, apologizes for interrupting his preparations, but notes we’ve seen him do this before. Is he really planning on going out there alone against The Good Brothers? But then Chase U steps in! Ridge doesn’t have to fight this fight alone. Ridge thanks Chase for this, and says it means so much to him that Andre Chase will be his partner. Yes, but actually, Chase was thinking this would be good for Ridge and Riley to work together. What? Riley is surprised but Ridge says this is perfect! He has to earn Riley’s trust and respect, so here it is! Thea says it’s a #TeachableMoment! Riley says fine, see you out there.

Chase U heads out, will Turbo Terry be able to make it work with Yorkshire Grit? Or will NXT be feeling Just Too Sweet?


The snoring continues.

But then the alarm goes off! Time to wake up! But just who is getting up out of bed?


Lexis King talks with prospects backstage.

Not that anyone was talking to him in the first place… But he asks if it’s just him, or has he been on fire lately? Just last week, he beat Big Dookie. And don’t get him started on his big win over Baron Corbin at Spring Breakin’. In fact, he’s feeling so good, maybe after this weekend’s event at Fort Pierce, he takes everyone out for a good time? It’ll be hot! Jazmyn Nyx walks in and Lexis asks what brings her over. She wants people to sign the Get Well Soon card for Jacy Jayne. Thea Hail broke Jacy’s nose! And now, Jazmyn wants the whole roster to sign. Who’s first? Wait, a card for Jacy? No thanks.

The others leave and Jazmyn asks what the heck. Lexis agrees, what the heck? This lovely lady just wants something signed for her friend! Don’t worry about those losers, anyway. And Jamie wouldn’t care about them anyway. Uh, it’s Jacy. Yeah, her, too. Lexis signs the card, and that’s one. Will it be the only one? And then he wrote “Jackie” anyway! Idiot! Lexis’ ego aside, will Jazmyn ever get over her own and understand who’s the villain in this story?


The Good Brothers VS Ridge Holland & Riley Osborne w/ Chase U!

NXT returns as Chase U enters with Ridge under the black ‘n’ red! The teams sort out, Ridge starts against Luke Gallows, and they circle. They tie up, go around, and Ridge headlocks. Gallows powers up and out, but Ridge RAMSA shoulders with him! Ridge runs again to RAM, and RAM, but then Gallows ROCKS Ridge! Gallows fireman’s carries, but Ridge slips free! Ridge RAMS Gallows again, then he fireman’s carries! Gallows fights free, knees low, and whips. Ridge ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Gallows! The fans fire up, Ridge wrenches and brings Gallows over. Riley tags in, goes up, and he DOUBLE STOMPS Gallows’ arm!

Riley wrenches, Gallows ROCKS him, then wrenches back. Gallows tags Karl Anderson, and the Machine Gun KICKS the arm! Anderson wrenches and wrangles Riley but Riley fights up. The fans rally, Riley spins and whips Anderson, but Anderson reverses. Riley goes up and up then leaps over! Riley keeps moving, rolls off Anderson’s back and he DROPKICKS Anderson down! Gallows barks at Riley, Riley triangle jump DROPKICKS him! Then STANDING SHOOTING STAR onto Anderson! Cover, TWO! Riley facelocks to keep Anderson down, then he brings Anderson over. Riley’s reluctant but he does reach out, only for Anderson to wrench free! SPINEBUSTER!

Anderson fires up, covers, TWO! Riley is still in this but Anderson throws down hands! Anderson drags Riley up by an ear, tags Gallows in, and the Good Brothers mug Riley. Gallows hammers away on Riley, stomps him, then drags Riley back up. Gallows scoops to SLAM, then he throws down elbows! Gallows clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Riley. Riley endures, the fans rally up, and Riley fights up. But Gallows throws Riley down by his hair! Tag to Anderson, he drags Riley up, and Anderson whips Riley to a corner hard! The fans fire up as Anderson whips Riley back in hard! Riley falls, Chase U coaches him, but Anderson keeps Riley from Ridge.

Anderson bumps Riley off buckles, tags Gallows, and Gallows UPPERCUTS! Riley staggers, falls over, and Gallows tags Anderson. The Good Brothers double whip Riley to a corner, but Riley goes up and WHISPER IN THE WIND! The fans fire up as Riley crawls! Anderson grabs a foot, Riley kicks free, hot tag to Ridge! Ridge rallies on the Good Brothers, and he POUNCES Anderson! Anderson gets up, Ridge blocks one punch then the other! HEADBUTT, into the DEADBOLT SUPLEX! Ridge then hauls Anderson up to scoop and YORKSHIRE GRIT!! Cover, Gallows breaks it! Riley runs up but into an UPPERCUT!

Gallows puts Riley outside, Riley RAMS in! Gallows UPPERCUTS Riley down! Ridge SPLASHES Gallows! And SPLASHES Anderson! Alabama Lift, Riley springboards in, but Gallows moves! Riley’s dropkick hits Ridge! Anderson sunset flips! GOOD BROTHERS WIN!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

Chase U is stunned! Snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory right there, and Ridge is upset with Riley! Mr. Chase is also upset but he keeps everyone calm. Will they just have to work on teamwork before trying again?


Lola Vice w/ Shayna Baszler VS Carlee Bright!

The Mayor of Vice City may want another go at Roxanne Perez, but clearly Karmen Petrovic wants after her, and their fight caught Carlee in the crossfire. Will Lola just take her frustrations out on unlucky number 13? Or does NXT have a Bright future ahead of it?

The bell rings and the two circle. Lola then KICKS Carlee’s leg right out! Lola shows off that she’s a Latina, but Carlee gets up. Lola gets a leg, trips Carlee, and then turns her, but Carlee turns that into a somersault clutch! ONE, but Carlee ghost pins! ONE, but Carlee Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Lola hurries up but Carlee clinches. Carlee headlocks, Lola powers out, but Carlee blocks hip toss to get a leg up. Lola powers out but Carlee flips back! Carlee ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Carlee runs up to run Lola over! Lola goes toa corner, Carlee runs in but is put on the apron. Carlee ROCKS Lola, but Lola ROUNDHOUSES Carlee!

Lola snarls, runs up and AX KICKS Carlee down! Natty & Karmen are watching backstage while Lola gets Carlee up. Lola UPPERCUTS, and Karmen storms off. Natty follows, are they heading for gorilla? Lola UPPERCUTS Carlee again, and is almost toying with Carlee at this point. Lola winds up, but Carlee turns the uppercut into a backslide! TWO, and Lola BODY SHOTS! Carlee sputters, Lola drags her up to knee low again and again! Carlee falls over, Lola soaks up the heat. Lola drags Carlee around, steps on her, and shows off again. Shayna says just get the job done already. Carlee rolls Lola up! TWO!!

Lola swings, Carlee dodges, then dodges again! Lola hobbles from getting caught up in ropes, and Carlee starts rallying! Carlee DROPKICKS and the fans fire up! Carlee runs in to HANDSPRING KICK int he corner! Lola falls, Carlee STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Carlee hurries up the corner, and she leaps, into a THRUST KICK! URAKEN!! Cover, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by pinfall

Lola finally says buenas noches to Carlee, but then she drags Carlee up for more! But then here come Natty & Karmen! They fire off, ROUNDHOUSE for Lola! And DISCUS LARIATS for them both!! Lola & Shayna run away, refs rush out here, and Karmen dares her to come back! Natty gets the mic and asks where they’re going! Isn’t Lola the baddest in NXT? Isn’t Shayna the baddest in all the WWE? Karmen snatches the mic to say they’re finishing this! A tag match between them all, next week! Natty likes the sound of that. Will The BOAT and the blackbelt finally sink Lola & Shayna?


Ridge regroups with Chase U backstage.

Riley apologizes, that was on him this time. Ridge says don’t worry. It was an accident, those happen. No hard feelings here. And Ridge hopes he earned Riley’s respect and trust. Chase U says yeah, and Thea hugs Ridge. Ridge and Riley shake hands on it, and Chase says one day at a time. Thea says Riley has to believe Ridge now! Riley says yeah, he’s starting to trust. Will Chase U rise with Ridge as they all work to get back to the top?


NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family VS Charlie Dempsey!

From taking care of one “problem” for the No Quarter Catch Crew to having a problem with the No Quarter Catch Crew, The Don has had enough of this! Will he take the Heritage Cup as compensation? Or will Dempsey find a way to survive, even without the Catch Clause?

The introductions are made, the cup is raised, and we see who pays for their crimes!

The bell rings on round one and the two tie up. Tony pushes Dempsey down, gator rolls him to a cover, ONE! Dempsey remembers right away that Tony knows the graps. The two tie up again, Dempsey waistlocks, spins Tony to get an arm and wrench, but Tony rolls free to trip Dempsey. Tony has a toehold but Dempsey kicks free. Dempsey runs back up but Tony steps over, rolls him to a cover, TWO! The fans rally as the two reset and circle. They tie up, Tony gets right under Dempsey and hits a SLAM! Tony gets around to waistlock, Dempsey rolls and moves around but Tony stays right on him! They go to the ROPEBREAK, and Tony lets off.

The fans rally while Dempsey grows frustrated. The two reset, tie up, and Tony headlocks. We’re under 90 seconds, but Dempsey cravats! Dempsey snapmares, makes it a cover, TWO! Tonty throws a knee but Dempsey cranks on the neck wrench! Tony rolls but Dempsey still holds on! Tony keeps trying, Dempsey keeps the cravat. Tony throws body shots, powers up and out, then hip tosses! Cover, TWO! Dempsey facelocks then cravats! Tony fights up, we’re under 40 seconds. Tony powers out, Dempsey RAMPS him! Dempsey runs to run Tony over, and he keeps moving! Tony hurdles, but Dempsey turns hip toss into a spin, full nelson, but Tony drops! Somersault clutch, TONY SCORES!

Dempsey: 0; Tony: 1

Dempsey can’t believe he got caught! And with just 15 seconds to spare! But now we’re in the rest period, and Tony’s feeling good as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dempsey has no one as a cornerman but he still refreshes with a drink of water. Tony has the whole family, but he’s feeling good. The two are ready, and the second round begins. They circle, tie up, and Dempsey waistlocks, Dempsey spins Tony, picks a leg, trips Tony and floats to a double knuckle lock cover. ONE as Tony gets up, and now it’s a test of strength! They stand, fight for control, and Tony bends Dempsey back! The shoulders are down, TWO as Dempsey bridges! Tony forces him down, TWO as an arm goes up! Tony hops on for a cover, TWO as Dempsey bridges again! Tony hops off, Dempsey kips up, and he pwoers Tony back, for a MONKEY FLIP!

Dempsey rolls back, Tony fights up but Dempsey has him in a straitjacket stretch! Tony fights against it but Dempsey brings him to his knees. Tony endures as Dempsey pulls on the arms, and Tony fights to his feet. Tony turns things around but Dempsey turns them back, Tony’s back in the straitjacket! Tony powers up, powers things around, and he has Dempsey in the straitjacket! Dempsey bridges, slips around, Tony’s in the jacket! Tony arm-drags free and Dempsey goes ot the apron! Tony runs up but Dempsey RAMS into him! SLINGSHOT SUNSET! But Tony grabs a handful of hair to punch Dempsey right in the head!

Dempsey scrambles away, Tony whips him to a corner hard, and Dempsey falls to the mat. NXT returns to single picture as we go under a minute in this round. Tony gets Dempsey up, whips him to the other corner, and Dempsey again hits buckles hard! Tony stalks Dempsey, but Dempsey throws body shots! Dempsey throws an uppercut! Tony throws a forearm! UUPPERCUT! UPPERCUT! HAYMAKER! Both men keep throwing shots, we’re under 30 seconds! Dempsey rebounds to UPPERCUT! Tony kicks low! Dempsey KNEES low! Twenty seconds as Dempsey underhooks! Tony fights, moves around, ten seconds!

Dempsey BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES, into the ARMBAR!! Time’s up, Tony’s saved by the bell!

Dempsey: 0; Tony: 1

Dempsey holds on for a few seconds, but he lets off. Dempsey smirks as he refreshes, but the family helps Tony. Tony still has that critical first point, and now we enter the third. The two circle again, Tony wary of the bad arm. Dempsey wants it but Tony slips away. Tony manages to fireman’s carry, but Dempsey pulls on the bad arm! Dempsey hammerlocks and RAMS Tony into buckles! Tony hobbles, Dempsey wernches to UPPERCUT the arm! Dempsey wernches to UPEPRCUT again! Tony ROCKS Dempsey in return! Tony just powers Dempsey down, but Dempsey has the arm again! ARMBAR!!

Tony clasps hands to fight back, but Dempsey pulls! Tony stacks but that makes it a TRIANGLE HOLD! Tony stacks, TWO, and he deadlifts Dempsey! Dempsey lets go to get the FUJIWARA!! Tony endures, the fans and the family rally, and Tony rolls to a cover! TWO, Dempsey BOOTS the bad arm! And SWATS the other arm! Dempsey waistlocks, Tony drops down, but Dempsey stifles the somersault into a cover! TWO and Tony somersaults, TWO! Tonyh runs up, but Dempsey turns that into a backslide! AND BRIDGE! TWO, Tony has the sunset! TWO, and both men stand! Tony fireman’s carry for a standing throw!

Tony fireman’s carries and he throws Dempsey again! We’re at one minute as Tony runs in at the corner! Dempsey dodges, Tony POSTS himself! Dempsey then GERMAN SUPELXES! Bridging cover, Dempsey scores!

Dempsey: 1; Tony: 1

We’re all tied up at the halfway point, and the family hurries Tony back to his corner. Both men refresh, time for round four! Dempsey runs up to UPPERCUT! Dempsey CHOPS the arm, CLUBS it, wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER! ARM WRINGER! Dempsey stomps Tony around, then clamps on for a cover. TWO, but Dempsey stays on Tony with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! A Blackpool special! Dempsey then top wristlocks to STOMP the bad arm! Dempsey gets Tony up, UPPERCUTS, and then he brings Tony around to WRING the arm again! Dempsey kicks Tony around, but Tony ROCKS him in return!

Tony fires hands, but Dempsey throat chops! Two minutes, and Dempsey hits a half hatch takedown! SHORT ARM SCISSOR! Tony endures as Dempsey grinds that arm! The fans rally, Tony fights around, but Dempsey rolls to throw him down! The fans continue to rally as Tony continues to endure! Tony rolls back, stacks Dempsey, TWO! Dempsey still has the arm! Tony reaches out, Dempsey drags him from rpoes! TRIANGLE HOLD! We’re at one minute, Tony tries to stack! Dempsey keeps his shoulder sup, so Tony deadlifts and POWERBOMBS free! The fans rally up for Tony as he and Dempsey go to opposite corners.

Tony storms over but Dempsey CHOPS! Tony LARIATS! Dempsey is up, Tony DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Thirty seconds, BELLY2BELLYU! Dempseys taggers, Tony gets him for another BELLY2BELLY! The fans fire up with Tony and he gets Dempsey up. Ten seconds! Tony whips, SPINEBUSTERS! But he crawls to the cover! Dempsey’s saved by the bell!!

Dempsey: 1; Tony: 1

Round five and the window is still open for The Don! He refreshes while Dempsey barely gets to his feet. The round begins, Tony runs in to CLOBBER Dempsey! Cover, TWO! Tony waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! But he can’t hold onto the bridge! WAIT, Damon Kemp & Myles Borne attack Stacks & Luca!! They’re a mess but that’s because of The D’Angelo Family! The brawl is own, the fans boo, but Myles sends Stacks into steel steps! Tony hurries out to DECK Myles! Then he DECKS Kemp! Myles runs away, Tony pursues! The ref reprimands, Dempsey goes after Tony, but Tony DECKS him! Dempsey is dazed and Tony is pissed!

Myles runs up but Tony TOSSES him out! Dempsey O’Conner Rolls into the bridge! TWO! KNEE!! BUTTERFLY- NO, Tony fights free, FOGEDABOUTIT!! Cover, Tony wins!!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (NEW NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

The No Quarter Catch Crew ended up paying after all, but with their blood, sweat and the Heritage Cup! The Don brings about the dawn of a new age, will the D’Angelo Family finally start to take over?


Wait, someone is down backstage! Again!!

And this time, it’s Wes Lee, Josh Briggs, and Ivar! But who took out all three contenders? GALLUS?! Joe Coffey says, “Surprise, surprise! Look at that! This is just the start!” Joe Coffey, Markus and Wolfgang all head out, are they going to stop at nothing until NXT is finally their kingdom?

My Thoughts:

A wild episode of NXT with a lot of great build towards Battleground but also in building up the roster after the WWE Draft changed some things. Dar was of course framing Trick Williams with the “attack” on him, the camera did a good job showing Dar’s frown at Lash. But Meta Four isn’t kicking Lash out just yet as Jakara helped Lash cheat her way into the ladder match. However, they might do that after Battleground given how Lash chose to stop when Trick showed up. Oro VS Evans was an awesome match all the same, and great win for Evans. It feels like we could get a tag match of Trick & Evans VS Dar & Oro, if Dar were to “miraculously” recover from his injury.

Good promo from Kiana and Izzi as Kiana’s goodbye moment. Sol VS Izzi was really good stuff, and great win for Sol. Great development going towards Brinley VS Jaida next week as they just couldn’t leave each other alone during the tag match. OTM wins because of Edris’ jinx storyline, and it’s only a matter of time before Edris loses his mind over it. Good promo from Shayna and Lola that turned into a brawl, and great use of that brawl to give us the Level Up graduation of Carlee Bright. Also, Tatum sneaking around in Ava’s office, is she going to force Ava to make Roxie VS Tatum 1v1 for the title? That’d make sense given Tatum’s obsession has moved on from Lyra.

Good showing from Carlee against Lola but of course Lola won. We’re finally getting a tag match of Shayna & Lola VS Natty & Karmen, and this is probably the blowoff. I’m thinking Shayna finally gets sick of Lola and ditches her so that Karmen gets the win. Good little promo from Lexis and Jazmyn to add to how both are deluded, but to where even Jazmyn thinks Lexis is a doofus. And if it wasn’t clear last week, the mysterious snoring is Wendy Choo, and now that her alarm’s gone off, she’s totally coming back. Here’s hoping she gets something good this time around, especially with two women’s soon in play.

Good promo from Ridge, Axiom & Frazer with The Good Brothers, and I figured Chase U would step in. I thought it was gonna be Duke, but it does make more sense to put Riley with Ridge because they’re the ones with the issue. It naturally didn’t work out, but I do like that it was Riley with the mistake, it turns things around from Ridge messing things up. But at the same time, there’s so much to this where Ridge could be using this just to trick Chase U and reveal he’s really aligned with Shawn Spears. At the same time, it could still be Riley is feeling jaded because the others are more supportive of Ridge than they are of him, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Really good promo from The D’Angelo Family with Ava, and really clever that Tony was more than ready to pay the fine. Good promo from Dempsey, and he even planted the seed for that surprise attack by Kemp & Borne. I was still hoping Tony would win by knockout, but I suppose since he’s never knocked anyone out with a right hand, he wasn’t gonna do that here. Tony is new Heritage Cup champ, not sure who’d be next, but maybe there will be a rematch with The NQCC first. And then great promo segment from Wes, Oba, Ivar and Briggs. While Wes brought up a Fatal 4, I already figured the Triple Threat was more likely.

And then, Gallus attacking the three of them, what a wild way to end the night! Joe Coffey might get in the contender’s match to make it a Fatal 4 Way, but something about that just doesn’t make sense. I don’t see Joe Coffey taking the title off Oba, but I would love seeing The Coffey Brothers get the tag titles. At the same time, they’ve got a score to settle with Ridge Holland, maybe they have a Six Man Tag against Ridge & Chase U before going for any gold.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/23/24)

Do you want a taste!?



Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?


  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.


JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?


ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?


The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?


Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”


ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?


Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?


Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?


8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?

My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

It’s a mix and match night!



A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!


  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.


Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points


BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10

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